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Steps Local Gun Dealers Follow For Firearm Purchases


Georgia lawmakers have another suggestion to consider when it comes to gun related bills. A DeKalb County sheriff is asking for a person's mental health to be reviewed during a background check before a firearms purchase. While discussions are still brewing over gun related bills local gun dealers continue to follow the steps they are used to.

When Stella Beeler walked into the Gun Shop she already knew what firearm she wanted.

"I travel a lot by myself. I work late at night so I'm on the road a lot by myself and I want the personal protection again," said Beeler.

Before she could take the gun she wanted home she had to fill out some paperwork first.

"One of the questions of course asks are you the actual buyer to make sure you're not buying it for someone, that's called a straw purchase, that's illegal," said the Gun Shop President, Kayton Smith.

After going down the list of yes or no questions which range from criminal records to drug use you are asked if a court has found you mentally unstable.

"Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective (which includes a determination by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that you are a danger to yourself or to others or incompetent to manage your own affairs or have you ever been committed to a mental institution."

To make sure people aren't lying on the forms the FBI is called to perform a background check.

"They are looking for criminal history, if you've been adjudicated mentally defected, looking through the court system to see what they can find," said Smith.

The President of the Gun Shop said the FBI is the one who approves or denies the purchase.

"I've actually had a customer sit here one time and he got denied so he called the FBI wanting to know why he got denied, after about 20 minutes of conversation with him he came back and said I didn't know they checked other states so it does actually work," said Smith.

Smith said when states don't provide up to date records is when problems can happen.

"People slip through the cracks per say because the FBI can't check those records if they are not there," said Smith.

In the end Beeler was cleared to check out.

"I knew I wouldn't have any problems because I've never been in trouble," said Beeler.

The Gun Shop President said the only time background checks aren't being done is when a regular person is selling a gun to another individual. All dealers are required to go through the process before a transaction can be completed. Smith said for online sales the guns have to be picked up at a shop.

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